Walschap, Gerard

WRITER (BELGIUM)
BORN 9 Jul 1898, Londerzeel-Sint-Jozef (Brabant) - DIED 24 Oct 1989, Antwerpen: Mechelsesteenweg
REAL NAME Walschap, Jacob Lodewijk Gerard
GRAVE LOCATION Antwerpen: Schoonselhof (perk N, graf 66 (ashes) (erekerkhof))

Gerard Walschap was educated in Leuven to become a priest but he never finished his studies. In 1923 he joined the editorial staff of the weekly "Het Vlaamsche Land" ("Flemish Country"). In 1925 he married Marie-Antoinette Theunissen. They had five children.

In 1928 his first novel "Waldo" was published and in 1929 "Adelaide" was a succes, allthough it unintentionally offended the church. After this he abandoned his faith and became a humanist. In 1935 he almost died of carbon monoxide poisoning at home, but he was rescued by his wife.

Many more novels followed, among them "Zwart en Wit" (1948). In 1968 he received the "Prijs der Nederlandse Letteren" ("Prize of Dutch Letters"). In 1975 he was knighted and was allowed to call himself Baron Walschap.

Related persons
• knew Nahon, Alice

Sources
Gerard Walschap - Wikipedia
De Volkskrant

Images

The grave of Gerard Walschap at the Schoonselhof, Antwerpen.
Picture by Androom (27 Jul 2002)

 


Wandrey, Eduard

Published: 13 Dec 2009
Last update: 29 Apr 2012